India broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking imports of U.S. poultry and other farm products because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears, a WTO dispute panel ruled on Tuesday, potentially opening up an estimated $300 million a year export market for the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production.
An avian-borne virus outbreak on a California quail farm has fueled fears that the disease known as bird flu could spread, prompting investigators to continue their probe and five key export markets to bar imports of poultry from the state.
South Korea is stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of bird flu ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays, after migratory birds were found to be infected with the same strain of the virus that hit poultry farms last week.
FARGO, N.D. — The top lobbyist for the National Turkey Federation thinks national standards for egg-laying cages won’t make it into a multi-year farm bill, and similar efforts may be “running out of steam.”
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department on Nov. 3 sent a modified version of its proposed changes to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review, and on Nov. 4 Food & Water Watch, a consumer group, and the National Farmers Union sent out conflicting reactions to USDA’s approach.
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